The University of Texas System Board of Regents has recommended T. Taylor Eighmy, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to take over as UTSA president.

Dr. Ricardo Romo, UTSA’s previous president, announced that he would step down and retire in March. Dr. Romo was UTSA’s longest-serving president in history.

Dr. Eighmy is currently the vice chancellor for research and engagement and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He’s previously also held positions at Texas Tech and the University of New Hampshire.

“The selection of Taylor Eighmy proves that UT San Antonio is a destination for our nation’s top leaders in higher education,” Regent Ernest Aliseda said in a statement. “Eighmy will be unrelenting in his efforts to increase student success, faculty engagement and the national stature of UTSA. And his leadership style will be an ideal fit for a national leading city like San Antonio.”